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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Northport, WA.

Yesterday, I took a road trip up to Northport, WA to visit a friend of mine who is also a glass artist. What a wonderful day we had. Barbara gave me inspiration for some new beads and showed me some great wirework I plan to apply to some pieces real soon.
She treated me to a trip to a neighbor's whose place she knew I would admire. What a treat and great photo opportunity. Their whole yard is a work of love and is art in itself.

Northport is along the Columbia River at the Canadian border.



And as many times as I
have been to Barbara's house, I have never seen this truck in the brush going up their one mile long driveway. They still have the last registration on it!


This is an old barn just out of Chewelah from Hiway 395.








Barb's friends did all the work on their place themselves. I love the rocks, logs, and antique furniture. The setting was just so comfortable and warm.













I photographed this birdhouse, which is huge, by the way, just so Mike could get a visual. Maybe someday we could have one. The picture on the right is a sweat house he made in the woods. They use the stove to heat up the rocks, then go out into the creek for that instant cooldown which he described is very good for the internal body organs.

Beautiful creek runs alongside of the property and has beautiful restful sounds. About 3 foot deep in one spot allows for a dip to cool off.A nature trail along the creek through the woods. We were constantly escorted by their two, very friendly dogs.
I admire, mostly, their ability to decorate using natural materials found in the woods. The stumpage was brought in from other areas and uprighted for decorative purposes. My kind of yard art!!


This little birdhouse put a smile on my face. The picture below is a guest room that has plans for the future to become a bed and breakfast. The window overlooks the creek and the sounds are wonderful.



Chickens greeted me in one garden area. I have never seen such a great setting for chickens. They have their own garden and are also feed lots of greens. I was treated to a dozen fresh brown eggs!!!
Handmade log stairs going down to the creek.

A very nice deck overlooking the creek provides a wonderful place to sit and relax with friends.
This is Barb's "orchard with an old cabin in the background. The view overlooking the Columbia River across the mountains..